Keep it Clean
and One Mile Fun Run
9:00 a.m. Saturday October 10th
This fun event is
the primary fundraising event for OWCA during the year. It fits with our themes of enjoying the
outdoors and raising the visibility of clean water. While the timed 5K is attractive to serious
runners, those who just want to have fun are welcome too both for the 5K or the
one mile Fun Run. Both races are on park
roads. If you would like to help with
the events, contact Bill Morgan at 456-9040, but we really need everyone’s help
in spreading the word and getting people signed up for the race. The fee for the race is $25 for the 5K and
$15 for the Fun Run with a $5/person discount for teams of five or more for
Everyone who pre-registers for the 5K is guaranteed one of the fabulous high tech T-shirts with this year's design by Dale Safdie. Registrants for the Fun Run get a goodie bag. You can register for either race by clicking on the "Register Now" button above.
Our on-line store will take your money and sign you up but we also need more information from you including your T-shirt size. So please also download the fillable registration form and mail it in or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a WaterFest!
very busy June and July were capped off by another successful WaterFest,
drawing over 3,000 people. The
participation of volunteers was extraordinary and increasingly is making our
work possible. Our Stream Team did its
annual clean up at Devils Breakfast Table and then turned its attention to
removing debris dams on three stream segments in the headwaters of the
Obed. Lots of other accomplishments to
report below. Now as summer ends, we’re
turning our attention to a number of community education opportunities and
building for two major fall events -
the Keep it Clean 5K Race and Fun Run, set for October 10th and our 10th Annual Meeting, set for November 6. We hope you’ll find a way to participate in
one of OWCA’s activities outlined below.
Don Hazel of the Fairfield Glade
trail group led the 2 mile hike that leads down to Daddys Creek and follows the
river before returning to the higher parking lot. It’s a great wooded hike with lots of
wildflowers and diverse plants. One of
many that has been developed by the Fairfield Glade Hiking Club.
Overlook Trail draws small group.
two work days in June. At the first, we
weeded and mulched the blueberry areas.
At the second, we weeded the area near the shelter, and did some
weed-eating along the outside of the vegetation along the stream channels. Thanks to Amy and Abby Steele-Wortel along
with Jennie, Meg, Sydney, and Killian Diem for helping out with this. Anyone who wants to adopt a part of the park
to maintain is welcome to do so. Let
Dennis know and he can get you started.
Debris Dam Clearing on the Obed River and Spiers Branch
Stream Team along with a couple of volunteers spent much of June and July
clearing tree tops and debris dams from two sections of the Obed River - below
Holiday Dam and below the wastewater Plant - and the last segment of Spiers
Branch below Deerfield Dr. Altogether,
five complete debris dams and seventeen partial debris dams were removed. In addition, thirteen revetments were
installed on eroding banks and one large rock vane was constructed. This work completed the 319 contract with the
Tennessee Department of Agriculture that included the Little Obed Genesis
project. Thanks to Scott Collie,
Christina Burgess, Donavon Phillips, and Jamarcus Pelcher who worked with
Dennis, along with volunteers Aston Burgess and Adron Damron-McNally.
Most of this material removed was a result of the ice storm
in February and removing it prevented unnecessary bank erosion as the stream
would have cut new paths around the obstructions. These three stream segments were originally
worked on in 2010 and 2011 and it was gratifying to see that all the original
work continues to provide stabilization to the banks in these areas.
Leads to Repair Project
On our visit to the
OWCA wetland in conjunction with the Frog and Toad workshop in April, we
noticed that there had been significant erosion of the outlet of the upper
wetland. The bottom had eroded behind
the dam structure and was moving upstream, lowering the water level in the
wetland and potentially recreating the original stream channel, leaving the
wetland dry. After obtaining
permission from TDEC to make the repairs, rock was brought in to build a new rock
structure designed to restore the original water level. Over three tons of stone were placed by hand
to create the structure as well as a number of loads of sandstone gravel to
fill the spaces between the larger rock.
With the help of Scott Collie and Eli Lester, Dennis was able to
construct the new grade structure in five days.
We’ll be monitoring its performance through heavy rains.
Elementary Nature Trail
Thanks to the
outreach efforts of Annell Fields, the long discussed addition of a nature
trail at Stone Elementary School took a great leap into reality in May. Dennis, Scott Collie, Taneesha Dutchover, and
volunteer Christina Burgess laid out and cleared a trail that runs to and along
one of the creeks, a tributary to the Little Obed, that runs through the school
After a couple days of clearing, Annell was able
to conduct a couple of nature enrichment sessions with three different classes
of students, introducing them to the stream, the trail, and her pet corn
snake. The second grade class also
participated in the planting of a tulip poplar tree near the parking lot of the
school. We hope to continue working with
the teachers and the school PTO to develop the trail as an educational focus
for the school.
Former Staff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park.
9:00 to Noon
Saturday, September 12, 2015
is sponsoring a stream cleanup of the Obed River within the City of
Crossville. Our goal is to remove trash
from the Old Sparta Hwy bridge (behind Kroger) to the 127 bridge near the
interstate if we can recruit enough volunteers.
If you would like to help with this, contact Dennis at
484-9033. We need individual
volunteers as well as teams from schools, scouts, churches, and civic
groups. All volunteers will receive a
T-shirt and we’ll supply trash bags and everything else needed, as well as
drinks and snacks at the end. Let’s
think big and show the love for our hometown stream.
Saturday, July 25,
Meadow Park Lake
3 - 8 p.m.
This is our fourth year for
WaterFest and each year it’s gotten bigger and better. Last year, almost a thousand people attended,
with almost 250 people getting out in the water. Our friends at TSRA will be running the
on-water activities, helping people select the boat of their choice, making
sure that they know how to paddle it, and ensuring that everyone has fun and is
safe. Leisure Kraft is again loaning one
of their pontoon boats so that with the city’s pontoon, there are two boats
running motorized tours of the lake.
There will be lots of educational exhibits with the State
Park’s live animals, TWRA’s big fish tank of fish from the lake, the National
Park Service, and others. The
Children’s program will be back again with games and activities for children
off the water. Finally, the music begins
at 5:00 with our favorites Steep Creek and Carrie Hassler each providing their
popular form of music. Of course, there
is food and drinks for sale, but the best thing is everything else is FREE.
As you might
expect, an event like this takes lots of people working together, so we need
more and more volunteers each year. If
you want to be part of the planning or just can give an hour on the day of the
event, we can use your help. June Zettelmeyer
is coordinating volunteers, so give her a call at 788-5022 and she’ll match you
with an activity that you’ll enjoy. Follow the latest developments on WaterFest by visiting our WaterFest website.